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Pump Up!

cleaning products

It is news to none of us that we are facing the worst climate crisis in history. The pollution of the air, sea and land as a result of an overproduction of goods, often unnecessary, is reaching its maximum limit. Can we do something about it? The future does not look bright, but small changes in our habits can inspire and encourage others (and the new generations).

Products that we always find in plastic packaging no matter what, are the household cleaning products. Probably at this time you have one or more plastic bottles with dishwashing liquid, shampoo or liquid soap at home. Even if many manufacturers of those containers ensure that they are recyclable a new OECD report informs that just 9% of plastic waste is recycled while 22% is mismanaged.

What can we do then? An easy and handy solution is to reuse those containers you already have instead of putting them into the rubbish. At Little Plant Pantry we opened a few months ago  'The Household Cleaning station' where you can pump and refill your used bottles. The cleaning station counts so far with laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, WC cleaner and floor cleaner. All these products are eco friendly, based on vegetable and biodegradable ingredients, vegan and not tested on animals. Come by and pump up!

Do you live too far or it is not possible for you to come to our Store? No problem! We deliver the product in a recycled glass jar or bottle that customers kindly have donated to us (but this will be a topic for other Newsletter!)

 

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Recipe of February: Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate

The cold season hasn't gone yet and many of you have asked how we make our hot chocolate, why it tastes so good and what it is the secret behind. The true is there is not secret! We keep our homemade products simple and natural and the hot chocolate is not the exemption. Today we will share the recipe with you.

You need very few ingredients. Go and check in your pantry if you have: cocoa powder, almond milk, coconut sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. This recipe is for 1 cup.

 

Add 250ml of almond milk (we make our own one as you might know) to a saucepan, together with 2 tabespoon of raw cocoa powder, 2 tablespoon of coconut sugar and few dashes of cinnamon and cardamom. Heat up on medium heat while whisking well to get rid of any cacao lumps. The warmer the milk gets the easier the cacao dissolves. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for a minute or two to thicken up a bit. Pour through a small sieve and enjoy!

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Soapmaking Workshop in Valentine’s Day

We are glad to announce we will host a second edition of the soapmaking workshop after a successful first one. In the previous version we counted with 4 participants who, with the guidance of Marisa from Primal Essence, learnt the art of making natural soap from scratches. They took 1 kilo of soap with them, made and decorated as they wished.

February is the month we celebrate love. And we thought it would be nice to offer the experience of learning together with your partner, friend or relative, the manufacture of handmade soaps. Join this 'Soapmaking Workshop in pairs' and spend your Valentine's Day in a different way. You don't need to bring any material or tools, just your wish to learn, have a good time, meet new people and bring back home no less than one kilo of soap!

soapmaking

The workshop will take place on Monday 13th of February (a pre-Valentine's!) at 18:00 hrs. We will prepare everything for you on our dining table at Little Plant Pantry, including delicious cookies, coffee and tea.

Tickets available here

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Welcome 2023

New year resolutions

January is the first month of the year and it is time to put into practice our New Year's resolutions. Living a more sustainable life, eating healthier and doing more sports are just some of the most common. Many people around the world join Veganuary, a campaign originated in UK that intends to persuade non-vegans to live a vegan life for the entire month. Do you find it difficult to become vegan at once? Try for this month! Our assortment of different beans, grains, flours and spices will give you a good kick off. No idea how to start? Check the first recipe of the year we have prepared for you: spiced pumpkin soup.

What about living a more sustainable life in 2023? We can help you to start by reducing your consumption of plastic. All the products we sell in our store are plastic free. As you might know, you can come with your own container and take as much as you want. We also provide recycled glass containers for free thanks to customers who donate the extra ones they have at home. If you order online you will receive your groceries in compostable paper bags or recycled glass jars/bottles.

During 2023 we will show you all the alternatives to plastic we have for you, like cleaning products, cosmetics, cookware and more. We believe with a little effort it is possible to carry a more sustainable life.

 

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Organic Almond Butter

almond butter

We are glad to introduce a new product and a new supplier: meet Girish and his company Skinny G's. Unable to find a nutritious energy snack that was not wrapped in sugar and plastic, he started experimenting with different nut butters. After a while, he found in almonds the perfect sweet spot: a butter dense in calories, dairy free, gut-friendly and vegan! As if this were not enough, it comes in a glass jar in an effort to avoid plastic containers.

His almonds are sourced directly from regenerative organic farms in Spain that share his same dedication to world-class quality, sustainability and care for the community.

 

You can find four different types of almond butter in our assortment: classic smooth, classic crunchy, roast smooth and roast crunchy. Have you already tried any? If not, Girish will be giving a tasting on 14th of January at our Store. Come over and try out the pure flavour of organic almonds, without oils or additives. Not able to come? No problem! you can always order this delicacy on our Webshop

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Recipe of January: Spiced Pumpkin Soup

The past few months we were serving ‘Spiced pumpkin soup’ at Little Plant Pantry and we often hear comments like ‘I love the spices!’, ‘exactly what I needed’, ‘so creamy’ and many times: ‘can I have the recipe?’.

And as we still have plenty of cold and dark nights to enjoy warm and hearty soups like this one, I’m more than happy to share the recipe with you!

You’ll need (all organic of course):

pumpkin
Pumpkin soup

Let's do it!

There is no secret to this recipe but few tricks that make this soup so rich and full of flavors. First is to let the spices simmer slowly and a long time to release and infuse all the lovely aromas.

The second is to roast the pumpkin in the oven with some olive oil, salt, and a bit of coconut sugar. This takes the pumpkin to a whole new level with the deep, roasted, and caramelized flavors.

Start by washing the butternut pumpkin (no need to peel it for this recipe) and cutting it to smaller pieces. I cut it in half from the spot where the thick part starts. Then I cut the thick part in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon and cut in smaller chunks. The thinner part I cut to 1-2 cm rings and then to smaller chunks.

Pile all the chunks on baking tray and drizzle with olive oil, tablespoon or two coconut sugar and few pinches of salt. Then mix around and spread evenly around the tray. Bake 180° until it turns nicely brown and caramelized. Check it every 5-7 minutes.

Opening the oven often for quick check also releases lots of moisture so it will also roast better instead of steaming.

It is good to remember when you open the oven, that steam is hot and will burn you if are not careful.

While the pumpkin is in the oven, peel and cut the onion, garlic, ginger, and carrots. In a large pot, heat some olive oil on medium heat and throw in all the vegetables. Let them sizzle and roast for few minutes mixing every now and then, lower the heat and add the cinnamon, cardamom, star anis, cloves and ginger.

Now you’ll just need to be patience and let everything roast, bake, infuse, caramelize and so on. You know, a lot of good things are happening there, and you will smell it and probably so will your neighbors.

Just keep an eye on it, adjust the heat if needed and mix regularly, the color should deepen, and everything caramelize but don’t let it burn. I like to let it simmer for about half an hour or more.

Once the pumpkin is done roasting and the vegetables and spices have been simmering long enough it’s time to add the pumpkin in to the pot, mix around for few moments and cover with water. Bring to boil, lower the heat and let simmer for half an hour or more. Season with salt, black pepper and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick just add hot water when blending. Pour through a fine strainer to strain out any pieces of spices.

I like to garnish it with chopped spring onion, roasted pumpkin seeds and serve with our homemade crispy seed crackers.

Pumpkin soup

Should serve 3-4 people but some might want a second round so maybe it’s worth to double the recipe 😊. Personally I like to make bigger batch and freeze any leftovers to make a perfect backup lunch for a busy day.

This is not strict recipe at all, feel free to play around with the amount of ingredients and spices to your liking and let us know how it turned out to be!

Pomi